Nasturtium officinale W. T. Aiton, Hortus Kew. 4: 110 1812. (Syn: (=) “Nasturtium nasturtium-aquaticum (L.) H. Karst., nom. inval.“; (=) Radicula nasturtium Cav.; (=) Radicula nasturtium-aquaticum (L.) Rendle & Britten; (=) Rorippa nasturtium Beck; (=) Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (L.) Hayek; (=) Sisymbrium nasturtium Thunb.; (=) Sisymbrium nasturtium-aquaticum L.);
 
Watercress; Hindi: Jal-indushoor; Punjab: Priya halim; Deccan: Lut-putiah; Nepal: Sim saag;
 
Perennial aquatic herb in shallow waters and moist soil, procumbent and rooting on soil; leaves lyrate-pinnate, lower petiolate with up to 5 lealets, upper sessile, auricled and up to 9 leaflets, terminal leaflet suboricular; flowers white, 3.5-5 mm across, in many-flowerd racemes elongating to 20 cm in fruit; pedicels spreading or deflexed; siliqua sub-cylindrical, up to 18 mm long, slightly upurved.
 
Cooked as vegetable, used as salad and for garnishing.. 
Commonly consumed, usually cooked with potatoes or as a nutritious soup for ill people.   

Fruits & Vegetables Week: Nasturtium officinale, the Water Cress: Nasturtium officinale, the Water Cress, growing along water bodies, mainly running water in temperate climate, cooked as vegetable, used as salad and for garnishing.. 


In Sikkim we call it Simrayo or Sim-Saag (Nep), Saag that grows in marshy or ‘Simsar’ areas. If i am not mistaken, it is a naturalized exotic. It has many medicinal properties. 


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Kalatope – al130311: Here is another tiny observation from Kalatope…
Location: Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude: 2100 mts
Habitat: Wild
Habit: herb
Height: 2-3 inches
Season: March 


Nasturtium officinale, the water cress. It is sold as vegetable in California stores

The plant grows in wet places and shallow waters.

Flora of Chakrata: Cardamine hirsuta from Lakhamandal area : Cardamine hirsuta from Lakhamandal area
pls validate


Rather Nasturtium officinale, the water cress 


 

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Location: Paddar Valley J&K
Altitude: 2000 meters


Yes …

 

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Brassicaceae Week: Nasturtium officinale, the Water Cress:  Nasturtium officinale W.T. Aiton, Hortus kew. ed. 2, 4:110. 1812

syn: Sisymbrium nasturtium-aquaticum L.
Common name: Watercress
Perennial aquatic herb in shallow waters and moist soil, procumbent and rooting on soil; leaves lyrate-pinnate, lower petiolate with up to 5 lealets, upper sessile, auricled and up to 9 leaflets, terminal leaflet suboricular; flowers white, 3.5-5 mm across, in many-flowerd racemes elongating to 20 cm in fruit; pedicels spreading or deflexed; siliqua sub-cylindrical, up to 18 mm long, slightly upurved.
Growing along water bodies, mainly running water in temperate climate, cooked as vegetable, used as salad and for garnishing. 
Photographed from Kashmir, Manali and from California where it is sold in stores.. 

Local names
Punjab: Piriya halim
Deccan: Lut-putiah

Habitat: untended area near human settlement
Habit: herb, about 50 cm high; grooved stem; compound leaf with 5 – 7 leaflets; pod about 12 seeded; not sure of flower size 
 
at Manali on 04 JUN 08


To me it looks like Nasturtium officinale/

Was it a wet habitat?


It was growing on a land between two road-side hotels.
The land could be damp with waste water from these hotels – but no noteworthy water body.

To me also this appears like Nasturtium officinale


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Brassicaceae Week: Nasturtium officinale from Panipat and Kullu: This one was shot from Panipat Haryana in 2010 and from Kullu, Himachal Pradesh in October 2012… the water cress, Nasturtium officinale W. T. Aiton, Hortus Kew. ed. 2, 4:110. 1812, 


Yes \very nice
related watercress, a very nutritious greens used in the west as salad green and in sandwiches
not related to the garden Naturtium which is a totally different genus / family etc


FYI, In Sikkim it is called ‘Sim-rayo” (Sim=marsh, rayo= Rai-saag, or leafy veg), and is commonly consumed, usually cooked with potatoes or as a nutritious soup for ill people.  
It is naturalized in many places here and people collect it even along road-sides from waterlogged patches to sell in bundles in bazar.  
Common even in Gangtok (1800m) as well as in Lachung Valley at c. 2800m alt where it grows quite stunted and is not prolific unlke in the lower altitudes.
I have a small pond in Gangtok where it grows and the place is rich in Dragonflies, Damselsflies, Toads and Frogs. it does best in gently flowing water. At least three to four moths breed on it but have yet to follow through complete lifecycles. Some which I tried were parasitized by Tachynid flies. Hope to get some during next season. Have tried some de-silting of my pond which has messed it up right now.


 

Nasturtium officinale from Panipat-2011: (9 pictures) This one is Nasturtium officinale W.T. Aiton, the water cress, shot from a water body near Panipat Thermal Power Station, Panipat. I hope the identification is correct..


Yes Nice Catch of Nasturtium officinale 


Strange!! It seems Panipat is turning into a temperate habitat.


 

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For Id.pl. : 1 image. 3 posts by 3 authors.

Plants of Lahoul Spiti. Location– Udaipur. HP. 


I hope water cress, Nasturtium officinale.


Yes, this is a call from me too..Nasturtium officinale..


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Water Spinach?/ABMAR14 : 11 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
I bought two bunches of this for twenty rupees from a street vendor today in Dharamshala. He called it Jal Palak or Water Spinach and advised me to cook it as saag. I photographed it at home before we cook it tomorrow morning. I believe it is collected in the wild.

It doesn’t look like Ipomoea aquatica to me. Please advise.

Dharamshala, HP
1500m
8 March 2015


Please note pinnate leaves, it can’t be Ipomoea.

To me it looks like Sium latijugum. Some other species are edible, but I don’t know about this one.
… one more Palak for you.


great now i need to do more un-ruffling my ruffled thoughts about palak…
can you keep an eye out for if and when they sell more mature buches i.e. with possible flowers and or fruiting bodies


Thank you … We ate it and it was quite delicious. I was suspecting it to be of the watercress family but I may be wrong. 

If I am not mistaken it’s called Chunali in the local dialect. My friend here says that it bears white flowers. May be … know what that is.
…: I will keep a lookout for flowers and post.

 

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Here are flowers of Water Cress Nasturtium officinale and Sium latijugum

http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Watercress.html


Thank you … I will show these to a friend and report back.


foi links nor the foi itself opening// servers not working for about 24 hours
error messages repeatedly


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thanks … these leaves are reminiscent of those we eat in usa… called watercress…

but … pic leaves seem more delicate, not fleshy and are elongated with narrower tips than the watercress i know…  though your number six leaves seem to be like those of … case… case of upper leaves vs lower leaves?

or different cultivar?

thanks for the flower pictures

its 4 petals again reminds me of cruciferous veg…

and if i remember correctly, should not be eaten from wild crafting… water hemlock grows in similar places and flowers look similar though FIVE petalled…
… from market it may be farmed so safe to eat, but don’t wild craft to eat …

I would like to see if the vendors bring in flowered plants to sell


My first three images are Watercress, Nasturtium officinale
Last three Sium latijugum, that what I suggested for … upload


ok then that clarifies the issues and warning etc.


I found this lovely spread of Watercress with flowers and thought of sharing with everyone. It grows aplenty near my home but I am yet to bring a few sprigs home for food.

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I took a couple of close ups of the flowers of Watercress on my phone today. Some days back I collected the leaves and cooked them with potatoes. The result was very good.

Nasturtium officinale
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1750m
29 April 2015

you go beyond call of duty
I love it
the pictures of the bed of the watercress looks lovely,
the cell phone pictures are just superb

is that a little cricket?

Reminds me of a conversation I had with Shrikant here,  he said he uses his  camera on his new cell phone for most of the close ups too…
here’s another very nice close up
so what camera /cell phone is it..
may be that would cut down on the weight i have to carry in the purse to keep a camera handy.


Yes Watercress, Nasturtium officinale.


I enjoy revisiting the plants I know about (or don’t know about) and am blessed with lovely surroundings here. I walk each day to work and back and see most of the plants I photograph. A phone is very handy for close ups as it allows decent magnification without additional equipment. I happen to use an iPhone 5 but most smart phones now a days have excellent cameras.
The sedum flower in my recent post was also photographed on my phone.


Thank you … I can confirm it makes a lovely dish with potatoes.


Thanks … for my List of palaks


 

 

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Id Manali 3 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Id pl of the flower- plant near the ground level above the appro altitude 7000 feet.


Water cress, Nasturtium officinale…!!


Agree with …,  though the twigs may be a bit redder?

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Nasturtium officinale W.T. Aiton (accepted name) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)

Sharing some pictures of Nasturtium officinale W.T. Aiton (accepted name) shot at Roshi River, Nepal on 29 May, 2015 at 3000 ft.





SK512 10 MAY-2017:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

Location:  Taplejung, Nepal
Date: 18 April 2017
Altitude: 5500 ft. 


Brassicaceae? Pl. Check comparative images in efi at family page. 


Nasturtium officinale R.Br.  ???


Thanks, …, for the Id. I also feel these look close to images at Nasturtium officinale


at Dal Lake, Dharamshala in late May’09?; at ‘Mundlan, Near Pahalgam, Lidder Valley, Jammu & Kashmir- 06th August 2009; Manali Himachal Pradesh, on October 22, 2009; Request for ID 060809 Lidder Valley 8 – indiantreepix | Google Groups Nasturtium officinale from Manali – efloraofindia | Google Groups Request for Id of HP flora – indiantreepix | Google Groups etymology-Nasturtium officinale – efloraofindia | Google Groups

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Nasturtium officinale from Haryana.. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (6)
Here am attaching few images of Naturtium officinale (Brassicaceae) taken from Ismailabad (Haryana) on 24 March2019..!!

  

 

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Location: Godawari, Lalitpur,, Nepal
Altitude: 1566 m.
Date: 04 June 2019
Habit : Wild


 

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